4023. periechó
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periechó: to surround
Original Word: περιέχω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: periechó
Phonetic Spelling: (per-ee-ekh'-o)
Short Definition: I contain, seize
Definition: (a) I contain (of a book containing subject matter); hence: it stands (has its content) thus, (b) I encompass, surround, get hold of, seize.

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4023 periéxō (from 4012 /perí, "encompassing" and 2192 /éxō, "have") – properly, have all-around, i.e. encompass (encircle); "fully contained" (BAGD).

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from peri and echó
to surround
NASB Translation
contained (1), seized (1).

STRONGS NT 4023: περιέχω

περιέχω; 2 aorist περιέσχον; from Homer down; in the N. T. to surround, encompass; i. e.

a. to contain: of the subject-matter, contents, of a writing ( βίβλος περιέχει τάς πράξεις, Diodorus 2, 1; (Josephus, contra Apion (1, 1); 1, 8, 2; 2, 4, 1; 2, 38, 1)), ἐπιστολήν περιέχουσαν τόν τύπον τοῦτον, a letter of which this is a sample, or a letter written after this form (cf. τύπος, 3), Acts 23:25 (L T Tr WH ἔχουσαν (cf. Grimm on 1 Macc. as below)) (τόν τρόπον τοῦτον, 1 Macc. 15:2; 2 Macc. 11:16); intransitive, (Buttmann, § 129, 17 n.; 144 (126) n.): περιέχει ἐν (τῇ) γραφή, it is contained in (holy) scripture, 1 Peter 2:6 R G T Tr WH; absolutely, περιέχει γραφή (our runs), followed by direct discourse, ibid. Lachmann; likewise, νόμος ὑμῶν περιέχει, Ev. Nicod. c. 4; with adverbs: περιέχειν οὕτως, 2 Macc. 9:18 2Macc. 11:22; καθώς περιέχει βίβλος Ανωχ, Test. xii. Patr., test. Levi 10; ὡς παράδοσις περιέχει, Eusebius, h. e. 3, 1; see Grimm on 1 Macc. 11:29.

b. equivalent to to take possession of, to seize: τινα, Luke 5:9 (2 Macc. 4:16; Josephus, b. j. 4, 10, 1).


From peri and echo; to hold all around, i.e. Include, clasp (figuratively) -- + astonished, contain, after (this manner).

see GREEK peri

see GREEK echo

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